The Boat Project by Lone Twin arrives in Brighton on 19 May.  Pictured in the boat shed at Thornham Marina.
The Boat Project by Lone Twin arrives in Brighton on 19 May. Pictured in the boat shed at Thornham Marina.

The Boat Project in Brighton


22 May 2012

After two solid years of work, the generosity of hundreds of people, and the grand vision of artists, Lone Twin, The Boat Project has gone to sea and it is sailing towards Brighton. Come and welcome it on Saturday 19 May. By Honor Harger.

Gregg Whelan (left) and Gary Winters (right), of Lone Twin, the artists who made The Boat Project
Gregg Whelan (left) and Gary Winters (right), of Lone Twin, the artists who made The Boat Project

The Boat Project is an extraordinary new sailing boat, built collectively by the people of the South East region, under the direction of artists, Lone Twin. It is the South East region’s

It’s the inspiration for the two projects that we’ve co-commissioned for this year’s Brighton Festival by The Otolith Group and Invisible Flock.

The boat has been crafted by a fearlessly adventurous team of boat builders and volunteers, and is a living archive of people’s stories and lives. It is constructed from donations of wooden objects given to the Lone Twin team, which have been used to create a uniiue 30ft seafaring yacht.

The boat went into the water for the first time on 7 May at a celebratory launch event at Thornham Marina, Emsworth, where the boat was constructed, and tomorrow, Saturday 19 May, it arrives into Brighton, the first stop on it’s maiden voyage.

A flotilla will join the boat at Shoreham her passage along Brighton seafront to the Brighton Marina, where she is expected at 1300. Music and festivities will welcome the boat is, and it’s due to dock at 1300. So come and welcome the volunteer crew, the artists, and the whole team behind this incredible endeavour.

There’s details of the welcome programme here
Plus Brighton Festival have arranged a series of events to celebrate the boat, which you can find out about here

Our suggestion for Saturday is to come by Fabrica Gallery on Ship Street in the morning, see The Otolith Group’s film commissioned in response to The Boat Project, and then do the Sea of Voices walk by Invisible Flock from Ship Street to the Brighton Marina, where the Boat arrives at 13:00.

A truly magical way to spend your Saturday!


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